Kayak: What is it?
Many of us may have seen kayaking, either on a river trip, or on the television - its looks exciting, a big rapid, a colorful kayaker weaving a path through the waves and all the randomness of whitewater. You may have wondered, if you could be that person in the kayak, if you could look as graceful and have that much fun, being so much closer to the water than being on a raft.
Introductory White Water Kayak Course on the Ganga:
Whitewater kayaking is the sport of paddling a kayak on a moving body of water, typically a whitewater river. Whitewater kayaking can range from active, moving water, to demanding, extreme whitewater.
If kayaking has caught your eye and interest, and now you want to learn how to negotiate rapids and how to surf those waves and holes. Let the Himalayan Outdoors kayak trips show you the ropes, from paddling in a straight line to negotiating class 1 and 2 rapids, to taking the plunge into the tongue of a Class 3 or 4 rapid.
At the Himalayan Outdoors Kayak Courses, instructors have the experience and skill to teach beginners the basics of whitewater and the finer details of paddling skills and new techniques.
We have a wide range of kayaks to suit your skill level and body type. But for beginners, we start the programs with Inflatable Kayaks.
Kayak Course is scheduled upto 4 days. We recommend that you spend at least four days at our training base on the Ganga, Uttarakhand, India as a first step. The reason for this is that you will have more time to learn and practice the basic skills, and then apply them to moving water. Learning to kayak is challenging, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Kayaking will help you get some exercise, along with running some fun rapids, and of course, keep you in touch with the great outdoors.
After you arrive at camp and had your lunch, we will teach you safety and rescue techniques, as well as fitting you into your kayak and how to use and wear your equipment. Further on we will give you a theoretical introduction into the kayaking and you will get out and try the wet-exit and basic paddling techniques on the river. Hold your breath and relaaaax!!!
Your second day will get you into the water and you will learn how to ferry-glide, an eddy in and out and practice more on your paddle strokes. After lunch, we will go back to the river and you will be running your first class two rapids. Remember, to paddle in a straight line is one of the hardest things to do!!
Day three will finally get you into the rolling sessions and you will learn how to re-right your kayak as well as getting your first intros into surfing on waves. Obviously, you will practice things learned on day one and two. After lunch, we will kayak the lower stretch of the Ganga and practice rolls and eddy turns. The motto for the day: Keep on rolling, rolling on the river.
On day four we will try to run the first class three rapids and give you a taste of real trashing (only if you’re up to it). After collecting bits and pieces, we will have a final lunch and you’d be heading back to Delhi. After four days with us, you will have found out, that the river is only half of the experience and that the camp and relaxed atmosphere will have given you an enjoyable and exciting holiday.
FACT SHEET – CAMP GOLD COAST
OPERATIONAL: Mid-September till early may
DISTANCES & LANDMARKS :
265 kilometres from Delhi via Meerut Bypass – Muzaffarnagar bypass – Roorkee – Hardwar – Rishikesh. The camp lies 27 km from Rishikesh on the road leading to Devprayag/Badrinath. Pass the villages & bridge of Gularand reaches the landmark village of Byasi. Keep driving for another 02 Kms and look out for a signboard. The whiteboard on the right of the road announces “CAMP GOLD COAST – HIMALAYAN OUTDOORS”. Park your vehicle behind this board. Walk down the trail for to reach the base
ACCESS FROM NEW DELHI
1. Leave Delhi by 4:00 a.m. At this hour, the driving time is approx. 5 hrs. with a short break. Time on road increases with delays beyond a 5:00 am the departure.
2. Board the Shatabdi Express early morning 7 am (depending on train winter/summer timings) till Hardwar (11:40 am). Taxi onwards to arrive at camp for lunch. Alternatively board the Jan Shatabdi at 3:30 pm and reach Hardwar at 7:25 pm. Taxi onwards.
CHECKLIST OF ESSENTIAL PERSONAL ITEMS FOR RAFTING
CHECKLIST OF ESSENTIAL PERSONAL ITEMS FOR RAFTING
1. SLEEPING BAG/BLANKET – OPTIONAL, WE PROVIDE QUILTS
2. T-SHIRTS – FOR RAFT & CAMP
3. SHORTS (QUICK DRYING FOR RAFT)
4. WINDPROOF JACKET/PARKA (THIN)
5. CHANGE OF CLOTHES FOR CAMP
6. JERSEY/WARM JACKET FOR CAMP
7. FOOTWEAR-2 PAIRS (ONE EACH FOR RAFT AND CAMP). SANDALS WILL
SUFFICE IF THEY ARE WELL FASTENED. NO HARD SOLES, PLEASE
8. TOILETRIES/TOWEL/SOAP ETC. FOR PERSONAL USE
9. TOILET PAPER – OPTIONAL.
10. FLASHLIGHT – VERY IMPORTANT
12. SUNSCREEN LOTION
14. CORD FOR SPECTACLES & SUNGLASSES
15. CAMERA (OPTIONAL)
17. PERSONAL MEDICATION (IF ANY)
18. CIGARETTES/ALCOHOL – WE DO NOT SERVE ANY
TRAVEL LIGHT – YOU NEED TO WALK DOWN TO CAMP WITH YOUR BAGS
- Complete boarding and lodging in Deluxe Safari Tents on twin/ triple sharing basis.
- All meals with Tea/Coffee & vegetarian snacks
- Campfire every evening.
- Sodas & soft drinks in the camp around the campfire (Chargeable).
- All adventure activities at the camp including Nature Walk, Rappelling, Valey Crossing and a fun River Rafting stretch.
- Use of equipment and the services of trained guides for outdoor activities like Rappelling, Beach Volley Ball, Cliff Jump, Body Surfing and Kayaking.
- Certified Trainers for the Kayak Training.
- Participation certificate of the Basic Kayak Training Course.
Exclusions of the Course :
- 3.09 % Government of India Service Tax
- Any Transport/rafting transfers
- Alcoholic beverages (we do not provide/ sell/ supply any)
- En route / Personal expenses
- Medical and insurance expenses
- Any expenses incurred due to exigencies / Force Majeure
EQUIPMENT & GUIDES
We have unmatched top of the line self-bailing rafts and accessories used by professionals globally. With the country’s most experienced guiding team, we assure the first-timer and even the non-swimmer a trip of a lifetime – we run the most number of rivers in the country today – leaving the competition far behind with our superior experience, guiding team, equipment and array of adventure trips.
We also run treks, overland safaris, angling and wildlife trips, mountain biking adventures, rock climbing and kayak school besides rafting expeditions. We specialize in eco-friendly travel in lesser-known areas. We operate throughout Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Garhwal & Kumaon, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Our goal is to create the best trips possible, with uncommon professionalism, unsurpassed personal service and a commitment to protect and preserve the cultures and environments through which we travel.